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written by Neuzd on Sep 07, 2009 08:43
Apart the "classic" errors that may prevent Noctis from running, there have been a lot of recent cases of questions about failures on modern OSs.

This is not a technical guide (or at least, I'm not the person who can help you with that), but I decided to try to collect some info anyways.
The main reason for which a 16 bit DOS program may not run on modern OSs is because DOS is no more supported in Vista, (supposedly) Windows 7 and some latest releases of XP.

Noctis USB boot disk
Your best bet is the solution provided by Selb with his Noctis USB boot disk.
As of today this solution has the highest rate of success in running Noctis on modern OSs, and I suggest you to try this because of the fast installation and clean setup.
Some features of the simulator may be hindered by this solutions (I think of the moviemaker, which constantly takes screenshots in BMP format and thus may slow down your game or even risk to fill up the space on your pen drive), but every other feature should be working without particular problems.

Virtual Machines
If you're looking for a more "compatible" way of playing Noctis and running other DOS software, one of the most common and general solutions is to have DOS running on a Virtual Machine.
Some of the most famous programs in this category are commercial software, but anyways they're becoming very popular during these years and as practical solutions go, this is probably the best choice.

I found an article discussing VMWare's software (a commercial product), anyways there's a brief introduction to 64 bit systems and I'm linking it mostly so that you can read some technicalitites which I'm too unexperienced to explain.
http://www.start64.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=153&Itemid=116

Speaking of Virtual Machines and Emulators, there's something that still doesn't provide good performances and should be avoided.
Sadly this would be the easiest, most acecssible and probably most popular solution: DOSBOX.
Unless you have a very powerful machine (by 2009 standards, but it may not be enough either!), DOSBOX is simply uncapable of deploying a satisying experience.

[important EDIT] (to obviously update/correct the previous paragraph)
DOSBOX seems to be able to run Noctis in a satisfying way, provided you configure it properly with the instructions you can find in this thread.
You may still experience performance issues, but the few test we've run suggest that a comtemporary PC should handle the program pretty smoothly.
Dosbox is free, multiplatform, small, and pretty straightforward in its usage, that's why so many people were hoping for this solution to work.
If you're interested in other software belonging to this category (virtual machines), you can start from here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_platform_virtual_machines
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written by Hello! :) on Sep 07, 2009 17:47
RE: Virtual Machines

I find VirtualBox to be on par with VMWare.
written by Lornex on Mar 09, 2010 05:45
If you happen to have Mac OS X, you can also use Boot Camp, which removes the issue Virtual Machines have with graphics acceleration. Basically, it's just like how you would normally install multiple operating systems on a PC, except slightly easier. As said before, it's only for Mac OS X.
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written by Selbio on Mar 09, 2010 06:04
I second the VirtualBox recommendation. Both Ozoch and I got Noctis running incredibly well in XP on VirtualBox. It's probably important to be sure that your processor supports AMD-V (which it probably does if you have a recentish AMD processor) or Intel's equivalent, VT-x (which you might as well flip a coin to guess if you have it on your Intel processor these days).

If you're crazy and want to run it in DOSBox, I found that setting core=dynamic made it much, much faster. It's still pretty painful on surfaces here, though, but it might be more tolerable on Windows and with actual drivers for your video card. (Edit: Oops, didn't see that link you added.)
written by Vimana on Jan 21, 2011 14:17
Will the boot disk work for getting Noctis running on 64-bit Vista? That's what I have, and it's been so long since I've played Noctis - I want to get back to exploring!

-Vimana
ah didn't learn anything!
written by Selbio on Jan 22, 2011 05:15
The boot disk is independent of your operating system, so yes. I had some intermittent issues getting the setup utility to work on Vista, but it works fine if you're patient.
written by Torisek on Jun 23, 2011 09:24
I have no problems with XP, SP3.

I think Alex did great work, making it working at such system BEFORE it was invented. XD
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